Saturday, July 18, 2015


I saw this on the internet... and fell in love with it.  
I Searched (too long) and discovered it was a 
Maggie Bonanomi design, and the hunt was on. 

Finally found it in her book "Thistle Down Moon".
Gathered the materials needed.  
I even dyed some green velvet with yellow dye 
to get the pea color. 
It was a challenge for me.  
I had hopes of doing two... that will never happen.  
It is for show more than functional, but I am pleased.  
It does need to be propped up or it will lay on its side.  
So I put my thinking cap on and thought, my daughter Sandy has been collecting Monterey Cypress Tree Pods, of which I like very much and thought (twice in one day)... why not?  The woven pine needle basket was hand made by my Grandmother, Carrie, during her retirement years and is very much treasured by me.  

What you see here are 3 work.
  • Carrie Wheeler ~ Grandmother, made the basket. 
  • Barbara Wheeler-Shores ~ Grand daughter made the Pea Pod pin keep.
  • Sondra Lyn Shores ~ Great Grand Daughter gathered all the Monterey Cypress Tree Pods. 

ALL BECAUSE ... I put on my thinking cap.

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We are really hoping for rain.  So far Zilch (nothing), 
just clouds and wind.  YES, we live in Southern California and witnessed the smoke from the Cajon Pass Freeway fire yesterday... It was scary with cars and semi trucks burning...20 total, and no one was hurt last I heard. 
We were safe.  We live about 10 miles East of the fire.  Rain would be very welcome to help put the fire out completely and help us during this drought.  
Guess that's why it is called Mojave DESERT.

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For now, Enjoy the day with Peace and Blessing for all,

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Just finished 
"Pocket Full of Autumn" 
from Brenda Gervais
 Truly one of my very favorite punch needle designs.
Used felted wool for the backing and filled 
with some Tallow Berries, just like in Brenda's pattern.   
~ ~ ~
LUV it. 
 Hung it from my 'Game Board' that Art Haber made for me from "Olde Colony Primitives", here in Pauma Valley, California... They have wonderful stuff to offer and live in
an awesome 'Salt Box House' built by Art.
Also included a primitive whisk broom and a black bee's wax cone that I made years ago,plus a 
small Nantucket Basket that I have had for years. 

I am itching to do another X-stitch project... some smalls and I am also wanting a needle book as the pin cushion isn't cutting it with all the different needles I have been using.

Sooo, off I go, s'more x-stitching...
(Or... I still am procrastinating on the Fraktur I mentioned a while back... maybe I will get a handle on that next???)

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 Have a great day with Peace and Blessings for all,

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Rusty update...

Here is the recent addition (adopted) to our family.
 He hopped into bed (pillows) soon after I got up... 
enjoying the warmth and softness of all my pillows.

and now making himself very much at home, 
cooling off his belly in this 100 degree weather we have been enjoying???
I keep sheets on the sofa for his comfort... 
and easy for me to launder as often as necessary.
Rusty does NO wrong and is the now the new love of our family.
We still are convinced he is a Vizsla (Hungarian Pointer).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Part of my 4th of July/Patriotic binge.
'Uncle Sam's' pattern 
by Threads that bind.

I have been on short supply of home decorations 
representing our patriotic loyalty. 
I just added this punch needle that I mounted 
on a custom made wooden Horn Book.   
Gave it another one of those faux grained finishes 
and added the rusty star above.

I chose to make some modifications to the design 
as can be seen when making comparisons to the original pattern. 
I displayed it on one of my easels rather than hang on the wall.  
That could change with the weather too. 
My binge includes 2 more patriotic designs... 
Hopefully, soon to be ready for viewing.

Have a great day tomorrow as today is pretty much kaput! 

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Thanks for visiting,
Peace to all and God Bless America,


Thursday, June 4, 2015


I have been seriously inspired by the wonderful felted Wool Applique shown on the internet
This is one of my most recent projects inspired by Rebekah L. Smith's boxes.  
It is mounted on a 4" round paper mache box 
which I covered with a sweet color coordinating 
fabric and trimmed the lid's side with irish trim.

I am in LUV with this style of 19th century Folk Art 
and am eager to do another ... 
but first, I must work on one of my Frakturs ... 
just can't put it off any longer ...  

It will probably be entitled
"Lion laying down with a Lamb".
My mood and frame of mind will tell.

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As always, happy you visited, hoping you come back...
Enjoy the day with Peace and Blessings, 


This is my version of a more 'Primitive Finish' for 
 "Shepard's Shade"
       a punch needle design from Threads that Bind.
I bound it with heavy jute twine and whip 
stitched it in place using the same colored floss 
as was used for the border.

I think it's different ... not to say the least.

Now on to my next project ???

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Enjoy the day with Peace and Happiness . . .

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bitter Sweet growing in the Mojave...

I have moved and transplanted these monsters 3 times ... They just have the will to keep on going ... 
We live in the High Desert of Southern California - 
The Mojave.  

So far they are looking healthy but once that 100 degree sunshine hits them they begin to swelter.  Am hoping the block wall that they are planted against, which is actually West of them, will help to protect them from too much sun.  Those Sun Flowers are decrative NOT real stuff.
In case you have not heard we are having a serious drought.  They just may never make it.  Never did get much blooming but then I am the 'forever optimist'.  
I love decorating with bittersweet and have always purchased it on the internet.  
Hopefully I won't be doing that again.

Thanks for visiting and wish me LOTS of Luck...

Peace to all,

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FOLK BASKET ~ Wool Applique

Just finished lacing the piece to foam core. 
Painted the flat 2" wide frame a subtle crackled black.
It is hard to see in the photo but I wanted some kind of texture on this 'Plain Jane' frame, 
which I prefer for this project...
Yes ... I seriously need to do some housecleaning... 
Don't look too closely.  Like my Mother would say, "it is either someone coming or going".

This is my first 'wool applique'.  I have learned a lot.  
My blanket stitches are OK...but when I get to the outside corners???what can I say?  
I do need help.  Marcia, also a member of the Creative Crafters group here in Sun City, Apple Valley, Ca., is an accomplished and award winning quilter.  
She has been so patient helping and showing me the ropes for this art form. 

One of my many WIP needs some backing...
So for now and 'til next time, enjoy the day 
and thanks for stopping by.

Peace and Blessings to all,

Thursday, April 16, 2015


I got brave and used brighter colors than I have used in the past.
The older frakturs always seemed to be colorful ...
 I wanted to emulate that look.

Here is 'LOVE in BLOOM'...
In a recycled black, crackled frame.
I am really being drawn to the dip pens ... another challenge in my old age.
water color painted ... another challenge as I am most familiar with acrylics.
All in alll ... I had fun.

I am signing my frakturs with my initials
Barbara Joan Faustina Wheeler-Shores
Now how is that for a handle???
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Thanks for visiting ... Peace and Blessings to all,

Monday, April 13, 2015

Felted Wool Applique ...

Oh Happy Day, I just got my frame for my wool applique,  
'FOLK BASKET' designed by Maggie Bonanomi.  
I absolutely love her designs. 
It is my first try at this and I know it is far from perfect.  
I so enjoyed stitching this one and am planning on doing another soon, 
after another punch needle 'in between' project.
It has not been pressed and it is pinned to the size that will fit the frame.
The 2" wide, flat face frame was ordered, unfinished, from 'Signed and Numbered' on Etsy.  
Not planning on any faux graining yet, just a primitive black finish 
and of course that could change.  
Ya just never know about my feeble mood swings. 
Will show a picture when done.  
Not even sure where I will hang it...maybe our bedroom??? or Entry way???
Plenty of wall space in the bedroom. 
The entry way will need some rearranging.  
Who knows?

Thanks for visiting...Peace to all.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

TULIP HARE Punch Needle

 Just finished this "Tulip Hare" by The Gable House.
I actually had a recycled frame that 
was the perfect size. 

Did not fill in the background ... Just coffee stained all of it.  
Told Papa to save leftover morning brew and I dipped the entire piece. 
I Love this style and the design and am 
pleased with the finished piece.

Now on to finishing one of my Fraktur designs calling it 
'Love in Bloom' - so far.  

here is my sketch.
as you can see, still fine tuning it.
Am thinking it will make a great Punch Needle pattern too... my new passion.

Enjoy the day with Peace and Blessings to all,

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


~Peace and Blessings to all~
This is really a small ... 4" x 4"
but so darn cute for Easter.
"Munch Time"
The Coopers Cottage.

Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Finished Another Punch Needle

Just finished the adorable Punch Needle design from Brenda Gervais...

entitled: The First Thanksgiving 

Ordered an unfinished wooden Hornbook ... 
(from FrostyMountain on Etsy)
gave it a faux grained finish ...
just as was shown in the pattern.
I have found it is really nice to complete a project 
 between others that are more time consuming.  
It's a feeling of accomplishment ... 
more like instant gratification.

I am pleased with it and will be ready for 
"Thanksgiving ~ 2015"

Hope you enjoyed your visit.
Peace and Blessings to all,

Thursday, February 26, 2015


I had to get another piece of glass made up 
as I broke the original... 
Yup, so here it is finally framed.

Much Better... 

I had to take these pictures just as the sun was setting to avoid too much reflection.
~(A photographer I am NOT)~

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

NOT Late, Just Early

NOT Late, Just Early
Christmas 2015...
 I started this Christmas Fraktur Design,
 'The Christmas Star' 
after Thanksgiving 2014.  
Well, the Christmas rush was upon us...
spending 3 different Christmas get togethers with family... 
not much of a New Years for us...  
as the three of us were coming down with the dreaded coughing that has been going around, first one then the other for six weeks consecutively.  
I can happily say we are back to normal...more or less.  
Today, Sunday, being 'a day of rest', 
I made an effort to finish my Christmas Fraktur.
It needs a frame, otherwise, 
I am delighted with it.
Naturally, I have a little story/symbolism to explain the title...

The Poinsettia is known as  
"The Christmas Star”  
or the "Christmas Flower", as it is also the December birth flower.

This flower’s association with Christmas comes from a Mexican legend...
The legend is told that a child with no means has to take a gift to a Christmas eve church service.
Being penniless, the child picked weeds from the side of the road. 
The congregation witnessed a miracle when the weeds turned into beautiful red and green flowers on the altar. 
These weeds, of course, turned out to be the Pointsettia.

I love this story, with hopes you have enjoyed it too. 

As always, Peace, Health and Blessings to all.
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Loves getting under the Blankets

Rusty loves to snuggle and get under the blankets too...
He is so 'dad gum' cute!

Don't you agree???

After doing some research on 
Labrador Retrievers...We found that 
he has personality traits and looks exactly like a 
'Vizsla' = Hungarian Pointer.
We are convinced that we are the proud parents of a purebred... 
or at least Papa thinks so...yes, so do I.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


Feeling very much at home...
and that is how we like it!

Peace to all
God Bless America 

Chuck, Barb, Sandy & Rusty too

Thursday, January 1, 2015


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Peace & Blessings to all

Friday, December 19, 2014



On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A Partridge in a Pear Tree
The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . ." (Luke 13:34)

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Two Turtle Doves
The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God's self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Three French Hens
The Three Theological Virtues: 1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Four Calling Birds
The Four Gospels: 1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, and 4) John, which proclaim the Good News of God's reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Five Gold Rings
The first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch: 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity's sinful failure and God's response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Six Geese A-laying
The six days of creation that confesses God as Creator and Sustainer of the world (Genesis 1).

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Seven Swans A-swimming
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Eight Maids A-milking
The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake. (Matthew 5:3-10)
On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Nine Ladies Dancing
The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness,
6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Ten Lords A-leaping
The ten commandments: 1) You shall have no other gods before me; 2) Do not make an idol; 3) Do not take God's name in vain; 4) Remember the Sabbath Day; 5) Honor your father and mother; 6) Do not murder; 7) Do not commit adultery; 8) Do not steal; 9) Do not bear false witness; 10) Do not covet. (Exodus 20:1-17)

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Eleven Pipers Piping
The eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Twelve Drummers Drumming
The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave]. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of power. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.


Monday, December 15, 2014



It was 37 degrees this morning 
at 9 A.M.  
This meant Rusty had to wear his new 
U.S.C. ~ Trojans sweater.  
How cute he was and without a doubt a 'Ham'.  
He was actually posing for me when he heard the click of my camera.  He just stood there and was letting me take his pictures.

No problem, just calmly stood there as Papa removed his harness...
and then resumed his posing stance...
proudly wearing his warm 'n cozy sweater.

He is a real JOY and BLESSING.  
We could not ask for a more loving companion...
We rescued him and adopted him in October, just 6 weeks ago, and has become a wonderful addition and member of our family!

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~Our Christmas Gift~

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Bought this awesome Tree 2 years ago (I think).  
This is the first time we have used it.  

It's been challenging to decorate as I ADORE Primitive Stuff, but just do not have the knack to do it well.  

Anyways, after attempting decorating with other ornies, this is the final result ~ so far!

I am using rusty, hand made grungy ornaments my German candles that I bought 40 years ago. 
 Never used them cause they do not stand upright ... always having to straighten them out and this annoys me to NO end. 

But here they are, perfect for a crooked primitive look. Sandy & I are enjoying it more and more each day.  Papa Chuck has not much of a comment...guess he tolerates me.

We just got our new 
7 1/2' slim lighted tree.  
It will be done before this weekend is over. 
Our other (and so very beautiful) tree simply does not fit this house. 
Next house (if I live that long) will be a wonderful Log home with a huge fireplace.
Have you noticed ... I am a dreamer. 


Thanks again for listening and watching,

Christmas Peace and Blessing to Everyone,

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Papa Chuck, Barb and Auntie Sandy
Rusty too

Monday, December 1, 2014


After our Kody Bear went to Heaven on May 21st, 2014, we finally realized that there was an empty spot in our hearts right next to Kody's place that we could no longer ignore.  We needed another puppy love.
After searching several weeks, we found our new family member.

"Rusty Roo"
he is the beautiful color of rust and actually jumps around, leaps and hops almost like a kangaroo. 
A Labrador Retriever mix, so we have been told...31 lbs, 3 years old and the best behaved little guy.  He has already shown signs of being protective to his new forever home.
We could not be any happier.  Both Rusty & Chuck are the best of friends.  Sleeping in the same bed and being Chuck's shadow...not missing a trick.
It just does not get any better.
We three (myself, Papa Chuck and our Sandy) love this precious gift that was found as a stray and when the owner was contacted told the animal control to keep him.  So hard to believe.  
Their Loss and we are the WINNERS.

My prayers were answered.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014


Anne Nichols Punch Needle Pattern.

Mounted it on a wooden Horn Book that I had made to fit the piece.  

Then sealed, painted, crackled and antiqued it to give the Ole worn look that I love.
Finished in time for Thanksgiving to enjoy with our family this year. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all...

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

'Be Thankful' Fraktur

Just finished my 
"Be Thankful" Fraktur for Thanksgiving.
Found an old frame with glass and stained it a darker walnut ... 

I used Celery Fine Parchment paper rather than the Antique color. 
It was stained for a subtle olde time look.  
The coloring was done with watercolour paints and I used the traditional dip pen for inking the design.
I included my interpretation of a 'Harvest Moon', some dried corn stalks  and of course a pumpkin for desert.  Finally embellished with a few 'coma strokes'.
A simple design...

What fun I had creating this...

Hope you like it...

Peace to all,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Whisk Broom and Hilda

Wow, I actually finished it in time for Halloween, Sandy's and my favorite time of year.  Happily, she was pleased with it too and this makes my day.

I was looking for an "easy peasy" project.  This cute 'Broom Hilda' by Brenda Gervais, whisk-Broom band filled the bill.

LUV it ... Papa was kind to relinquish his lovingly used broom for me and this sweet little cross-stitched design.

I decided to fringe the edges for my cute Hilda and then distressed the band as can be seen on the very tip/ends of the fringe...

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Thanks for your visit,

Peace to all,